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Transmission leak We replaced a transmission coolant hose on my SL1 because it was leaking fluid. We felt the transmission fluid on this belt and not the other so it led us to believe this was the source. It is not having any transmission issues (knock on wood) but the leak is still there and Saturn wants to charge me $375.00 just to put it on a lift. What else could it be? The fluid is coming out of the side not the transmission itself! Help!!

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Would be coming out the pan gasket? these are really pretty simple to change unless its leaking from a servo either way i would take it to a transmission shop for a second opinion if you dont feel comfortable changing it yourself and i think you'll find if its a pan gasket most transmission shops will change fluid and filter with gasket for under $100 good luck

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